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Alchemy : A Shadow Transmutation – 5Rhythms® HeartBeat Workshop with Kierra Foster-Ba

November 5 @ 7:30 pm - November 7 @ 4:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 11:00 am, repeating indefinitely

One event on November 5, 2021 at 7:30 pm


Somatic Alchemy is a body based exploration of shadow integration rooted in the 5Rhythms Wave and HeartBeat maps created by Gabrielle Roth.  Over the course of the weekend we will explore the polarities of fear vs. courage; anger vs forgiveness; breaking down vs breaking free (sadness) and the relationship between joy and compassion.

We start with our very first cauldron, our bodies to first  physicalize and then transmute that which is ready within us to be activated and transformed.  We will use dance, play and focused connection to express and celebrate every part of ourselves…the shiny bits we are proud to display and the dented, dank and disowned bits as well.


Wightman School Community Building – 5607 Solway Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217


Friday, November 5th: 7:30PM to 10:00PM – Drop In Class

Saturday, November 6th : 11:00AM to 6:00PM

Sunday, November 7th : 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Exchange:  $45 for Friday Night Only Option

$265 for Full Weekend Workshop (Friday thru Sunday)


About Kierra and Shaking Spirit Waves

Kierra Foster-Ba has studied the 5Rhythms® with Gabrielle Roth, the founder, for 15+ years. Kierra appears in Gabrielle’s Power Wave video and in the documentary “Dances of Ecstasy”. She also dances with PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment) an international organization of artists devoted to using belly dance to promote peace and end suffering. Kierra has been offering 5Rhythms® classes in New York City since 2008 and expanding her offerings to include Femme! a movement practice to live drumming. She offers workshops throughout the world including Europe, Latin America, Asia, and across the US.

 The HeartBeat Map The spirit in motion heals, expands, circles in and out of the body, moving through the layers of consciousness from inertia to ecstasy. Open to the spirit, and you will be transformed. – Gabrielle Roth We give lip service to standing in our own power…but what does that mean? One reason we find it hard to define is we rarely do it. In fact, we spend much of our time trying to avoid our emotions. In Heartbeat we partner with our emotions, welcoming them, dancing alongside and within them. We find out what it is they want to tell us and move with and through them.

Flowing is the home rhythm of Fear – Our essential fear alerts and awakes us. We know to drop down into our bodies, to listen diligently and to be receptive in order to gather information. Do we need to fight or take flight? We find our feet and use them as the gateway into this essential emotion as we walk; glide; and spin on the skin of the great mother. Our movements are round and introspective as we connect to energy of fear.

Staccato is the home rhythm of anger – It is clear and concise. An important boundary has been cross or and injustice must be righted. When we allow our dance of anger to be organic and without mental drama we can clear up residual anger that has no place in the present. We do this when we embrace clarity as let our hips guide our movement and we give expression to whichever authentic aspect of the self is appearing in that moment. This authenticity is a gateway to resolution and release.

Chaos is the home rhythm of sadness – sadness is the one emotion that is universally disallowed. The minute someone is sad it is our sacred duty as friends; lovers; mothers/fathers; to cheer the person up with kindnesses and false platitudes. Yet it is the path to our joy. It is here that the shape sifting begins. When we dance faster than we can speak (even working on the floor in the moments when we tire); when we tremble and shake; when we let the gateway for the rhythm, our heads, roll and trash on our necks, we release and restore. That sadness moves up and through us with every quake; tremor; and shake.

Lyrical is home of the rhythm of joy – This rhythm is the letting go of letting go. We let our hands guide our movement as we let go of all effort. The sweetness of life pours in as we embrace ourselves with and in joy. In this rhythm our dance becomes a sweet nectar of self-acceptance. Stillness is the home rhythm of compassion– This is where we recognize our profound connection with all that is. We are not separate or isolated. The pauses that we create in our dance allows us to step more deeply into the Sacred. We understand (perhaps for the first time) that the dance has and will always exist within us. This knowledge makes room for our personal, individual answers to appear to us. This is because we are now ready to tap into our bodies’ wisdom.

The Alchemy The alchemical aspects of this work draw from the Wave maps (Traditional and Shadow), the HeartBeat map and the written work of Dr. Carolyn Elliott


Wightman Community Building
5604 Solway Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15217 United States
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